Sunday, September 11, 2011

Birthday Celebration in San Antonio 07.01.2011 - 07.04.2011

On July 6th, our grandson, Elijah, celebrated his 6th birthday.   We decided to take him to the JW Marriott Hill Country (  so he could celebrate in style. 

We had the opportunity to leave on Friday the 1st and decided to drive thru and visit the Blue Bell Creamery (  I had been there in the past but neither Joel or Elijah had been there.    When we arrived there were so many people that we had an 1-1/2 hour wait but it was worth it.   Elijah wanted ice cream immediately so off we went to get a scoop of ice cream for $1.00.   What a deal.   The tour was absolutely wonderful and enjoyed by all of us.  Then comes the free scoop of ice cream you get at the end of the tour.   We were all fasinated by the tour and recommend it for a quick day trip. 
MeMe and Elijah in Brenham, TX
Now driving to San Marcos where we thought we could drive in and get a room didn't turn out like I had planned.  The rooms were very expensive and then I called my favorite hotel chain, Marriott, to see if they had availability on the Riverwalk.   And to my surprise, they did at the Riverwalk Marriot.   Since I'm a "Gold Member" they upgraded our room and we had an awesome room with the deck overlooking the Riverwalk.  

Wonderful food, view, pool and family time.  I really didn't think that Elijah was understanding all the history that we took him to and talked about.    He seemed very interested in the Alamo and enjoyed the tour and the games they had for the children. 

Well after a day in the historic RiverWalk, we headed out for the reason we even went to San Antonio.  We spent the next two days in the River Bluff at the Hill Country Marriott.  They had the weekend full of fun for the children.  A magic show, animal show, dinosaur story time and too much more to mention.  

So to say the least his 6th birthday was much more than what I remember as a six-year-old girl.   How times have changed.   But then again, Joel and I got the weekend away and enjoyed every minute we got to spend with "little man".  As we were leaving we said "we'll have to come back here."  About 20 miles out of town, Elijah said "so will you pick me up Saturday" and we asked what he meant.  He said "you told me we would have to come back."  He was already to return before we got out of the city limits.  LOL

Have a blessed evening.....UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN.

09/11/2011 Remembrance

On this Remembrance of 9/11 and EVERY DAY, To ALL of the Men & Women in Uniform of all types, THANK YOU FOR GIVING YOUR TIME & LIFE TO PROTECT OURS.....May God richly bless YOU, and keep YOU from all harm....

 09/11/2001 - 09/11/2011

I decided that today I would try a recipe from a new blog I have fallen in love with.  How many times have I baked something to have 10 pieces or two dozen left over and I didn't have any place to take them so they were either wasted or "waisted".    So I tried and what a surprise!  

Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Strawberries

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 ounce cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup unbleached flour
1/8 teaspoon baking powder

10 ripe strawberries (or as many as you like), sliced
1 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice or Frangelico

Before baking a pound cake, I recommend setting out all ingredients on the counter and allowing them to come to room temperature.  Butter a 5 ¾” x 3” x 2” mini loaf pan    Preheat the oven to 350°.  In a medium bowl, beat together the butter, cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer.  Beat very well (about 3-5 minutes) until the sugar is fully incorporated and the mixture is pale yellow and fluffy.  Next, add the egg and vanilla and continue beating.  Add the baking powder and half of the flour.  Add the remaining flour and mix just until combined.  Scrape batter into the pan and bake on a cookie sheet for 42-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 

Before you plan to serve the pound cake, mix the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice or Frangelico and let macerate for 30 minutes.  Serve fat slices of the pound cake with juicy strawberries.  Garnish with whipped cream if desired.

Have a Blessed Day.....UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN.

Good-bye my friend, Mary Beth Barker

Well Wednesday, 09-07-2011 was a sad day for me since my co-worker and friend resigned to take a job in another county.  I don't blame her and our loss is defintely there gain.   I only wish her the best in her new job, her new home and her blog, MY SWEET, NERDY LIFE,, that she works on so diligently.  If you are ever looking for baking inspiration, check it out.  You will not be disappointed. 

Matt, Jamie, Christy, Nancy, Mary Beth, Delores

Well for her surprise going away party, we gave her a going away basket full of gifts for her kitchen and I baked her some mini pecan pie muffins.   These are great with your morning coffee or really just because.   I'm sharing the recipe with you, because I know you will not be disappointed.

Pecan Pie Muffins

All the goodness of pecan pie is packed into this lighter, healthier pecan-pie muffin recipe.
By Kathy Schendle, Monroe, Georgia

These pecan muffins are as easy and yummy as pie, but not nearly as rich.
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup chopped pecans
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup butter, softened
Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line muffin cups with paper muffin liners.
2. In bowl, stir together brown sugar, flour and pecans.
3. In separate bowl, beat eggs and butter together until smooth. Stir into dry ingredients until just combined. Spoon batter into muffin cups, about 2/3 full.
4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on wire racks when done.
Learn how this pecan-pie muffin recipe came to be in Pecan Pie Muffins for Daddy.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Labor Day 2011

A long weekend was ahead of us and decisions of what to do were upon us.

Well on Friday, we had to make a trip to College Station to pick up my new F-150 since Joel sold mine the week before when he drove it to work.   No problem since he works at Jasper Ford and I knew a new one would be delivered to my expectations. 

Labor Day has always been a strange weekend since Labor Day 2000, but that is in the past and now kind of a joke between me and Joel but we always make plans together so we will know where each other is on Labor Day.

We did decide to go to Katy Mills Mall to shop and then take in a Houston Astros ballgame.   Yes the Astros' lost but we had a great time.  Ended up with 4 Carlos Lee bobble heads.  Now what to do with them.

We stayed at the Inn at the Ballpark and have never been disappointed (not our first stay).  There are so many places to go and see but there is nothing like being able to make a quick trip on a long weekend, and btw, who can afford flight tickets.

Oh well, hope everyone has had a fun-filled Labor Day weekend.  

Have a blessed evening....UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN